The Road to Emmaus


Mount Barker Church of Christ

Service outline for 26th April 2020

 

Greetings to everyone who reads this worship time script and may the scriptures contained within be an inspiration for this particular time that we are going through.

During this time of physical separation from one another we can be assured that we are not separated from the presence of the Holy Spirit who brings us comfort and intercedes for us in our prayers to the risen Lord Jesus.

It is a pleasure to prepare these words to convey the hope that we have in Jesus.

As Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:3-9

A Heavenly Inheritance

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

And also Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Take time to pray now for the hope that Jesus gives us reflecting on the verse from Psalm 46.




 

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Each time I reflect on these words I see Jesus suffering for me to reconcile me to God. I cannot imagine how much pain He endured so that I could receive salvation. The faith of Jesus to His Father in heaven is a lesson for us all, for without the faith of Jesus……?

Our faith is tested constantly, so was that of Jesus as He prayed for His ‘cup of suffering’ to be taken away but He said to His Father, ‘not my will, but Yours be done’.

Take time to pray now for the life saving sacrifice that Jesus made for our eternal destiny.

Pray also for our congregation, for Margaret Pollard isolated in a nursing home, now widowed as her husband Ross has died.

For Leigh and Hilary in their daily struggles

For Noel 

Giving thanks for Maurie’s successful operation and his ongoing recovery.

Let us also pray for this world that we live in and for those who fought to preserve our freedom from tyranny as we remember ANZAC day.

For this pandemic to go away.

For the resumption of our weekly church gatherings


Scripture reflection

The designated scripture reading this week comes from Luke 24:13-35, two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

The Road to Emmaus

13 Now behold, two of them were travelling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

19 And He said to them, “What things?”

So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

I have to remind myself that these words were written sometime after the event. Luke must have been present to hear about this and record the event.

This was an astonishing time, the resurrected Jesus appearing and speaking to people.

Imagine yourself being one of the travellers and Jesus explaining all about Himself from the time of Moses to Zechariah. All the prophesies explained.

Two things grab my curiosity in reading this passage again.

  • v31 As soon as the travellers realise who they have been in the presence of, Jesus vanishes! That is amazing, so much so that they have to rush back to Jerusalem and share the news.
  • One of the travellers is named as Cleopas (the husband of one of the Mary’s mentioned in John 19:25)
  • Who then is this man called Simon mentioned in v34?
  • According to the Wycliffe Bible Commentary, “No record of this interview with Peter has been preserved, except one allusion in 1 Corinthians 15:5” :-
  • and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
  • Wycliffe goes on to say that the effect of Peter’s meeting with the risen Jesus is mentioned in                 1 Peter 1:3:-
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Have fun reflecting on this passage and explore the many points raised. The wording of 1 Peter 1:3 is similar to those in Ephesians 1:3 and 2 Corinthians 1:3.

As Jesus said, “Peace be with you”.

Stay in His word and reflect His love for us in staying in contact with each other until we can resume our normal church activities.